How Do You Feel About Spanking Children?

@etnad0 (230)
United States
July 11, 2008 12:08pm CST
My parents got spankings and so did my parent's parents. I (25) got spankings too. It didn't kill us, and in fact it kept me out of a lot of trouble. My little brother (20) got spankings and he stays out of trouble. To me it seems like kids have gotten worse now that people are going to jail for spanking their kids. Gang violence is on the rise. Kids are brats, falling out in the store causing a scene and crying. How do you think spankings play into this new wave of "bad" kids that we are experiencing?
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• United States
11 Jul 08
I remember my parents only corporally punished me once or twice, and that was when I and they knew that I'd done something way, way, way out of line. For example, at one point I was innocently tugging on the dog's tail, not realizing that it might hurt him. Mom came out, saw what was happening, and pulled on my hair- just firmly enough to get the point across that pulling things like that was a no-no. There was only one case where I was spanked, I think, but I can't remember why. At any rate, I think that if a child is pushing you and pushing you, they're not going to listen to reason. They're children, for crying out loud. Sometimes you have to give them a light smack to remind them of who's boss. Mammal mothers do it in the wild when their litter is misbehaving, and we've likely done it for millenia. I don't get why these days it's suddenly considered wrong- people just don't see the difference between teaching your child/discipline and abuse.
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@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I do agree that the spanking thing has a lot to do with the way that kids act nowadays. I think that parents have had some of their authority taken from them when they have children telling them that they are going to call the police on them or tell on them when they threaten to spank them. I got spankings and I gave my children spankings and I will continue to spank my grandchildren. There is a difference between spanking and beating and/or abuse, and spanking is a form of punishment that does work that many parents are afraid to use because it has been taken from their hands by the laws and the things that children think will happen if they are spanked. Parents too often are afraid that they will be in trouble for diciplining their own children and it makes society a harder place to be beginning on the playgrounds and schools where the children are.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
11 Jul 08
i think you are right. we were spanked as kids and we both turned out good too. (my sister and i) we were only spanked when we did something wrong, not alot. we both learned right from wrong and we knew that we deserved it when we did get it. it was always just with their hand, not with a belt or a switch or anything like that. we spank our kids and we always get compliments on how well behaved they are.